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As the president of the Village Manager Association (VMA), I am glad to see recent One Views calling attention to the Spring 2013 municipal elections in Oak Park. Increased citizen participation at every step of the election process — from candidate recruitment to voting on Election Day — has always been a goal of the VMA.
The VMA is an open organization and is holding its annual membership meeting on Sunday afternoon, May 20, from 3-5 p.m. Please visit our website for an announcement regarding the meeting location. We welcome any Oak Park citizens who wish to attend to learn more about the organization and, if they choose, become voting members.
Over the next several months, we'll be recruiting individuals who are interested in running for village president, trustee, and clerk in the Spring 2013 election. We are also actively recruiting citizens to serve on the committee that vets those individuals and recommends the best qualified, most committed ones to run on a combined slate that represents diverse viewpoints.
To learn more about the VMA and its role in recommending candidates to our community, please visit our website at vma-oakpark.org or contact me directly.